Last Updated: June 23, 2017
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So, You Got A Red Card or Ejected, Now What?

 
We train our officials to quickly give Red Cards or Ejections in cases of violent behavior, however in most other cases ejections will be preceded by at least one warning. The warnings should be a sign to a player that the official thinks that his/her behavior is not appropriate and must be changed.
 
If the offending behavior becomes persistent an ejection will be issued. At that point, the player must stop offending behavior and leave the playing area. Failure to do so could result in forfeiture of game and/or a longer suspension. Managers are expected to assist in removing ejected player. Getting ejected does not mean that the player can now use the opportunity to further his/her cause. The range of suspension could range from simply the remainder of the game, to the remainder of the season and beyond. Normally suspensions last just for the offending game. If incident was at end of the game or if a player berated the official the normal, first offense, penalty would be the remainder of the game plus the next game.
 
The game official reports the incident to the Recreation Supervisor and gives his/her recommendation about suspension length. The Recreation Supervisor takes into account the Officials input and previous behavior. The decision is made without input from the ejected player.  Why?  Because the official is usually the sole representative of the City during games. He/she needs to make sure that games are safe. He/she gets paid for his/her judgement.

The Team Manager should call the Recreation Supervisor the next business day to discuss the incident with a calm and relaxed attitude, after all, that's why you're the Team Manager, Right?
 
So, if you get ejected, the perception is that you acted inappropriately, what are YOU going to do to change that perception? Saying sorry and leaving quickly will go a long way.